Please note that this schedule, session descriptions, and speakers are subject to change as we continue to plan the event.

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Laura Ramirez

Chicago Freedom School
Executive Director
Laura J. Ramírez was born in Mexico City and raised in Nezahualcoyotl and Little Village from the age of 13. She holds a doctorate in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work to advance a quality public education for all children at the local, national, and international levels spans the gamut of grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, collective responses to injustice, community building and healing, and radical acts of resistance. In 2011, she became part of the 43-day sit-in for a library and field house, known as “La Casita” in the heart of the Mexican neighborhood of Pilsen in the city of Chicago. She has also helped to build an international network to demand accountability from the Mexican government in the enforced disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students. A Spanish teacher by training, she has taught in Chicago area public schools, and she has also worked for over 13 years as a youth worker and human rights enforcer.

My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, October 16

2:30pm CDT